The 100 Greatest Movie Moments 1950-2000

50. Oliver Stone shows that war really is hell with Platoon
51. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis hit the gas in Thelma & Louise
52. This Is Spi*nal Tap brews a new genre: the mockumentary
53. Otto Preminger breaks the Code with The Moon Is Blue
54. Sigourney Weaver gets into the action in Aliens
55. Blazing Saddles lets it rip
56. Meryl Streep speaks in tongues in Sophie's Choice
57. Starling meets Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs
58. Jimmy Stewart cuts a back-end deal with Winchester '73
59. Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
60. America embraces Italy's sexual revolution
61. Rocky loses
62. The Wild Bunch shoot-out pushes the bloody envelope
63. Airplane! sets a jokes-per-minute record
64. Judy Garland shines again in A Star Is Born
65. The Lion King roars
66. Boyz N the Hood brings tragedy home
67. Shirley MacLaine lets loose in Terms of Endearment
68. Network's Peter Finch sees the light
69. Dustin Hoffman does drag in Tootsie
70. Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai redefines the Western
71. Oliver Stone gets into hot water with Natural Born Killers
72. Pauline Kael is fired after panning The Sound of Music
73. Shaft breaks the color barrier
74. Robert Duvall loves the smell of napalm in the morning in Apocalypse Now
75. Barbra Streisand stars in Funny Girl
76. Pretty Woman gets her man
77. John Belushi shares his food in Animal House
78. Clint Eastwood gets down and dirty in Dirty Harry
79. Close Encounters and Alien define the look of extraterrestrials
80. Tom Hanks and Forrest Gump go together like peas and carrots
81. Eddie Murphy arrives in 48 HRS.
82. Tom Cruise shows his shady side in Risky Business
83. Sci-fi discovers the Cold War
84. Warren Beatty creates the epic Reds
85. Foreign film goes mainstream with The Seventh Seal
86. The Blair Witch Project takes to the Internet
87. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor shout a blue streak in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
88. Sidney Poitier demands we call him Mr. Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night
89. "Keep the Secret!" The Crying Game seals our lips
90. The Poseidon Adventure makes catastrophe trendy
91. Seeing the good in greenbacks in Wall Street
92. Charlton Heston sees the Statue of Liberty in Planet of the Apes
93. Marge Gunderson thinks she's gonna barf in Fargo
94. The Beatles run for their lives in A Hard Day's Night
95. Life Is Beautiful becomes the most successful import ever
96. Kramer vs. Kramer does divorce American-style
97. Cleopatra breaks records
98. Sharon Stone is cross-examined in Basic Instinct
99. Ordinary People uncovers the dysfunctional family
100. Movies get bigger

Originally posted Sep 24, 1999 Published in issue #504 Sep 24, 1999 Order article reprints

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